There is Hope Despite Passing the Carbon Tipping Point in September

After a week of struggling with my feelings about humanity, and what we do to each other, to life, to the land and to the Earth, and then learning that we passed the carbon tipping point in September (http://motherboard.vice.com/read/goodbye-world-weve-passed-the-carbon-tipping-point-for-good), I felt a sense of relief when I watched a little video (click on picture) forContinue reading “There is Hope Despite Passing the Carbon Tipping Point in September”

Thoughtful Thursday: Dirt Medicine by Hannah Renglich

“somehow still believing – a magical secret scorching through my pocket – that the answers are not as valuable as the questions”

Managing an Organization like a Biodynamic Farm

By Thea Maria Carlson submitted November 3, 2015 A commercial industrial farm is a machine, but a biodynamic farm is a living organism. Guided by ecological, ethical and holistic principles, biodynamic farmers work to bring all the elements of their farms – crops, livestock, compost, soils – into right relationship, so that they balance andContinue reading “Managing an Organization like a Biodynamic Farm”

Publication of my Nuffield Study Report

Executive Summary Agriculture 3.0: a New Paradigm for Agriculture Study Topic: As a 2013 Nuffield Scholar, Kaytlyn is seeking to redefine what it really means to be sustainable in food and farming, by asking: ‘If Agriculture 1.0 is subsistence farming that uses traditional farming practices, and Agriculture 2.0 is industrial agriculture, which is creating seriousContinue reading “Publication of my Nuffield Study Report”

The Changing Ontario Farm Landscape and Animal Housing

I love the old barns. They served their purpose. Hay was stored above and during the winter was thrown down below, where the animals were housed. In the summer, the animals would be outside in the barnyard and beyond, on pasture. Today, practices have changed. Barnyards have disappeared and on many farms, there is notContinue reading “The Changing Ontario Farm Landscape and Animal Housing”

Choice in Agriculture 3.0: Forage Farming

In my explorations, I have been looking at the many ways to farm. Here in North America, we seem to have only 2 ways to farm: ‘them’ and ‘us’, such as organic vs. conventional, or big farm vs. small farm, or industrial/conventional vs. traditional/subsistence farming. There are many choices to developing a farm business modelContinue reading “Choice in Agriculture 3.0: Forage Farming”

New Beginnings with a Nuffield Ag Scholarship

I had such hopes of being a regular blogger and then this gale force storm 😉 came along and whisked me away down the road of life! The day after my close friend Peter Noddle left us on June 24, 2012, I had an interview for a Nuffield Agricultural scholarship. I pulled through it incrediblyContinue reading “New Beginnings with a Nuffield Ag Scholarship”